One of many biggest achievements in current artwork home cinema and a seminal work of “sluggish cinema,” Sátántangó, based mostly on the e-book by László Krasznahorkai, follows members of a small, defunct agricultural collective dwelling in a post-apocalyptic panorama after the autumn of Communism who, on the heels of a giant monetary windfall, got down to go away their village. As a number of of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with the entire earnings for themselves, a mysterious character, lengthy thought lifeless, returns to the village, altering the course of everybody’s lives eternally.
Shot in beautiful black-and-white by Gábor Medvigy and full of exquisitely composed and lyrical lengthy takes, Sátántangó unfolds in twelve distinct actions, alternating forwards and backwards in time, echoing the construction of a tango dance. Tarr’s imaginative and prescient, aided by longtime associate and collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is enthralling and his portrayal of a rural Hungary beset by boozy dance events, treachery, and near-perpetual rainfall is each transfixing and uncompromising. Sátántangó has been justly lauded by critics and audiences as a masterpiece and impressed none apart from Susan Sontag to proclaim that she could be “glad to see it yearly for the remainder of [her] life”.
Sátántangó is being restored in 4K from the unique 35mm digital camera damaging by Arbelos in collaboration with The Hungarian Filmlab. The brand new restoration is slated for theatrical launch in 2019, with a digital launch and particular version Blu-ray to observe.
#36 on the Sight & Sound / British Movie Institute’s Critic’s Ballot of the 100 Best Movies Ever Made. official trailer